Ladder League Explanation

A ladder league in pickleball is generally played as an individual, as opposed to a fixed pair. This makes for much more flexibility, so people can play even when their favorite partner is busy.

The goal of a ladder is to provide every player with competitive games. Because the advanced players move up the ladder and lesser skilled players move down, players will be placed into a group of similarly skilled players. This way everyone has more fun. You're neither getting destroyed by better players, nor getting bored playing more novice players.

How Does it work?

  • Players are assigned to courts in groups of 4-5 players.

  • Each group will play a round robin, rotating partners each game. So everyone plays WITH each other player once, and AGAINST each other player twice.

  • After the round is complete, the top 2 players move UP the ladder a step, and the bottom 2 players move DOWN a step.

We typically run two rounds, so you’d play a total of 6-8 games in about 2-2.5 hours.

How to Join

First, you need to join Pickleball Den. It’s free to join, then after a 2 week trial it’s still only $8/yr.

Next, you need to join the Gwinnett Pickleball Club on Den so you can use the signup sheets.

At this time I’m not charging anything to play in the league. I do ask for a $1 donation to cover the cost of new balls each week. You don’t have to play every week, though. We can only handle 30 players right now (5 people on each of 6 courts), but we’ve had >70 total people participate.

Sign-up sheets are posted on Thursday each week (3 days before the event). Sometimes we fill up very quickly (a few hours), so it makes sense to sign-up as soon as you can. You can always unregister if you find you can’t make it. There is a waitlist available, so if the event is full and someone drops out, then someone would be promoted from the waiting don't hesitate to join the wait list; we often have 2-3 people drop-out for various reasons.

Give me a holler if you have any other questions. Hope to see you out there soon!